THE Isle of Wight's new sea eagles have been out exploring their local area, taking day trips to landmarks such as Culver Cliff and Carisbrooke Castle.

The adventures of young male Culver have been documented already, but what have his friends been up to?

White-tailed eagle project officer Steve Egerton-Read gave up update on Friday.

He said: "It is about time we heard a little more about how the other young eagles are doing.

"They have certainly been having adventures of their own.

"The females have so far been the least adventurous, but are steadily ranging around the Island, hopping between copses and sussing out their new home.

"The males have been exploring across the Isle of Wight, taking day trips to some of the Island’s major landmarks.

"Two have visited Culver Cliffs since their release. This was the last known breeding site of white-tailed eagles in southern England.

"One has flown over Carisbrooke Castle at an altitude of 650 metres — twice as high as the Eiffel Tower.

"The smallest male has been visiting the mainland, soaring over the skies of Portsmouth and Southampton, and venturing along the Beaulieu River, all the while proving he may be small in size but not lacking spirit.

"He’s reached staggering heights during his journey, peaking at 1,200m."

He said the eagles are mostly lazy until they need to find food, and can spend all day sitting in a tree.

Several of the birds have returned to the feeding site before heading off on their next adventure.

They are being supplied a buffet table filled with fish and rabbit, but have also gone off to find their own food, such as dead fish washed up on beaches.

If you have yet to spot the eagles, Steve offered some words of reassurance.

"Rest assured there will be plenty of opportunity to get great views of this spectacular bird in future years.

"As they become more assured in the landscape they will become more visible and eagle watch points will be set up once the birds settle."

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